Month: April 2016

Jesus exposes hidden sin

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John 4

15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”

17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”

Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.

 

No one wants their dirty laundry hung out in public.  Jesus broke the rules of decorum by hitting the woman where no one was supposed to be hit.  Society has always wanted their sin hidden.  Sinful people have hidden behind many veils always putting their best foot forward while hiding their sin.  Remember Hester Prynne of the Scarlet Letter?  While she was being exposed for her adultery the pastor was hiding behind the white collar.

What have you hidden your sin behind?  I have been guilty of hiding behind the worse sins of someone else.  By comparison I wasn’t as bad as that other guy so my sin wasn’t much to worry about.  One of my sons hid behind his own view of his sin.  He wasn’t really doing anything wrong in that he wasn’t hurting anyone else.  Whenever we are called face to face with our true sin we don’t like the confrontation.  The woman at the well changed the subject when Jesus hit her with her true sin.

Before we can honestly help anyone else, we need to confess and forsake our own sin.  To hide sin, the Bible says, will keep us from enjoying the prosperity of God.  When we come to the Lord’s Table we are called to confess our sin and to come to the Table reconciled to God and to man.

If Jesus confronted you today, what would He uncover in your life?  What would He bring to the surface that you have been trying to keep hidden?  David prayed these words; perhaps we should pray them today: “Search me, Oh God, and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.”

 

It feels like our country is imploding.  The homosexual community has commanded control, through fear, of entire state legislatures and governor’s pens. Social media has the power to destroy the reputation of an honest man.  Tennessee wants to make the Bible their State book and is being faced with great attacks for doing so.  Military ships in the seas off of Iran are intercepting rifles, grenade launchers, and 50 caliber machine guns.  Secrets are being kept to protect the rich from paying taxes.  And on and on it goes.  America is beginning to act by mob rule which is the opposite of the rule of law. 

Do you pray for our nation and for our world?  Only the intervention of God can make a difference.  I fear most for the freedom of religion.  Ultimately that too will be eroded.  We love meeting in public without fear of being reprimanded or arrested.  Satan hates this freedom and his goal is to remove it.  Pray for our freedom to worship God and to send out missionaries around the world. 

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

The Drink that Satisfies

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John 4

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”

 

This passage is a parallel to Isaiah 55, which we studied yesterday morning.  In that chapter God calls us to come to Him for water, milk, wine, and bread and calls us to eat from His table without money and without price.  He asks why we would eat those things which do not satisfy when He abundantly satisfies.

Jesus, the Water of life, approached a thirsty woman.  Her whole life was thirsty.  Five men had not been able to bring her any satisfaction. Her current situation was no better. Coming to the well at noon, alone, lets us know that the women of the city considered her a dirty woman and left her alone.  She was indeed a thirsty woman.  Jesus touched her at her place of greatest need and offered to fill her at that level.

This woman at the well is indicative of all people of all ages.  Everyone tries the wrong place to find satisfaction.  Everyone drinks from the wrong well.  Everyone hits dead ends in life and wonders what road to try next.  Jesus has an answer to all people of all time when He says “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Jesus knew her need and knew that He alone could fill it.  When Christ comes into any life He brings with Him all of His fullness and for the first time that person has rest in their soul.  Are you at peace with God?  Have you drunk from the Water of life?  Or are you still trying different wells?  Come today and drink of Christ.  Enjoy His fullness and feast at His table.  There is no price involved for Jesus paid it all.  Don’t be thirsty for one more day, one more minute, but give Christ all of your efforts and all of your sin and find Him able to carry your burden and give you His righteousness for His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Spring Break is over and the kids are back in school.  We had a nice week.  Going to Victory Thursday and Friday was the icing on the cake.  It is always a blessed time to be with our friends there and to be able to see the boys in the program and spend time with them.  Do keep those boys in your prayers for unless they give their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ they will not know the life-change that they need.  Pray for a boy named Hudson who has come to a place of surrender and is fighting it. 

Yesterday Pastor Bill asked the church to pray for the pastor.  I appreciate his words.  Please do pray for me, your pastor.  As we pray for each other God will give us all the strength and the protection that we need to do His will. 

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

Fun on Wednesday 

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